Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM) at Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK), Drh. Teuku Reza Ferasyi, MSc., PhD, received an invitation to attend the annual meeting of the South East Asia Veterinary School Association (SEAVSA) on April 22-23, 2024, at Kasetsart University’s FVM in Bangkok, Thailand. This event can be attended after FVM USK officially became a member of SEAVSA several years ago. On this occasion, the Dean of FVM USK, who is also the Secretary of the Association of Veterinary Faculties throughout Indonesia (AFKHI), attended along with the Chair of AFKHI and several other deans from Indonesian FVMs who were invited to attend.

 

The SEAVSA Annual Meeting 2024 was officially opened by the President of Kasetsart University, Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, accompanied by the Dean of FVM Kasetsart University, Dr. Khongsak Thiangtum. In his address, the President of Kasetsart University welcomed all participants from various FVMs in ASEAN countries. He also hoped that all participants could benefit from visiting the FVM and animal hospitals at Kasetsart University. Dr. Khongsak Thiangtum, who is also the President of SEAVSA, then explained the purposes and objectives of the Annual Meeting. He first introduced that FVM Kasetsart University is currently ranked 3rd best in Thailand and 70th best in the world. He added that this meeting was specifically scheduled to discuss the draft document of FVM accreditation standards across ASEAN. It is hoped that with the implementation of these accreditation standards and their adoption by FVMs in ASEAN, it will provide opportunities for graduates to work in SEAVSA member countries in the future.

 

The main speaker at the SEAVSA Annual Meeting was Prof. Dr. Achariya Sailasuta, who is the Chairperson of the ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network (AVSBN)/Chair Ad Hoc Group for SEA Veterinary Accreditation Standards. Additionally, Prof. Dr. Vanessa Barrs, the Dean of the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences at City University of Hong Kong, who has received accreditation recognition from the Australian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), was also present. Both shared their targets and experiences in undergoing the preparation and implementation processes of accreditation by specific international veterinary accreditation bodies. Through the presentations of these two experts, participants gained insights into international accreditation standards in the field of veterinary medicine.

 

In addition to FVM representatives from Indonesia and Thailand, representatives from other ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Malaysia were also present. Representatives from the World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH) were also in attendance, which is closely related to the utilization of human resources in the field of veterinary medicine.

 

The Dean of FVM USK stated that this meeting was a good opportunity to obtain the latest information on the development of veterinary education in ASEAN and the world. It was also used to strengthen and expand cooperation networks with various world-class veterinary institutions.